How does my child qualify for a PUF Pre-Kindergarten program?
To qualify a child must be assessed and diagnosed with a severe disability/delay by a qualified professional (pediatrician, psychiatrist, psychologist, speech-language pathologist) and meet the Alberta Education Special Education Coding Criteria.
How do I register my child for Pre-Kindergarten?
Once your child is approved you will receive an email welcoming you and your child to the Grande Prairie Public School Division as a Program Unit Funded Student (PUF). This email will state your child's school, teacher, and class section. Within this email, you will find a link to School Engage and instructions on how to register your child.
Please contact the Administrative Assistant of your child's assigned school for any assistance needed with registration.
How old does my child need to be to start a PUF Pre-Kindergarten program?
Children may qualify if they are more than 2 years 8 months of age and less than 4 years 8 months of age on September 1 of the calendar year in which the child is being registered.
How many years can my child qualify for PUF Pre-Kindergarten?
A child may qualify for up to 2 years of PUF Pre-Kindergarten funding if they meet the Special Education Coding Criteria as determined by Alberta Education for a severe disability/delay.
Which days do PUF Pre-Kindergarten children attend school?
Children who have qualified for PUF attend Monday through Friday for either a morning or afternoon program.
If my child attended a Grande Prairie Public School Division PUF program last year and has been identified with a mild/moderate delay/disability for the 2020-2021 school year can she/he still attend?
Yes, Grande Prairie Public School Division will accept students who attended one of our PUF programs last year. This is only for the 2020-2021 school year.
Which schools offer PUF Pre-Kindergarten programs for children?
Crystal Park School and Swanvon schools will offer Pre-Kindergarten programs for families who live in the City of Grande Prairie.
Does my child need to toilet independently?
Children who qualify with a severe speech-language delay should be toilet trained. For children identified with other severe disabilities/delays, parents are responsible to communicate with the classroom staff about where their child is at in the toileting process.
Is busing offered for children who attend PUF Pre-Kindergarten?
Busing is not offered for Pre-Kindergarten programs.
Does Grande Prairie Public School Division offer Preschool Programs for children who do not have unique learning needs?
Grande Prairie Public School Division offers two fee-based Preschool programs. A French Immersion Preschool at École Montrose and a Montessori Preschool at Parkside. Information can be found on our website.